writes: The Obama administration said today that it's moving ahead with a plan for broad adoption of Internet IDs despite concerns about identity centralization, and hopes to fund pilot projects next year.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, seemed to veer a bit off-message--and instead of touting anonymity, she stressed the importance of aiding law enforcement.
Protecting civil liberties is important, Mikulski said. "But the first civil liberty is to be able to have a job, lead a life, and be able to buy what you want in the way we now buy it, which is through credit cards."
"We're going to support the FBI," said Mikulski, who heads the Senate subcommittee that oversees the FBI's funding. "We're going to support the growth of the FBI."Link to Original Source
writes: Some websites, and companies like Interclick that provide targeted ad and intelligence to others are using a hole in browsers that provides access to a user's browsing history. It gives them an ability to target ads or adjust prices based on numerous places a visitor was previously viewing. The technique, known as "history sniffing", essentially a side-by-side comparison of Web pages you've already visited with Web pages that a particular site wants to see if you've visited, is possible with current versions of the Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers as well as older versions of Chrome and Safari. Interclick was using it on sites such as Morningstar financial and NewsMax, but did not tell their clients they were doing so.Link to Original Source